STAGS V SPIREITES COUNTDOWN: Chesterfield winger in contention for derby day

Spireite loanee Daniel Kearns in substitute action at the Proact Stadium by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Oxford United
Spireite loanee Daniel Kearns in substitute action at the Proact Stadium by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Oxford United

Chesterfield’s on-loan winger Daniel Kearns is in contention for a place in the starting line up against Mansfield Town.

The 22-year-old joined the Spireites on a month’s loan on March 11 from their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final rivals Peterborough United.

He has featured from the substitutes bench in the last three games and looked lively on Tuesday in the defeat against Plymouth Argyle.

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook hinted Kearns could be involved from the off against Stags on Saturday at Field Mill.

He said: “I thought Daniel Kearns was very bright and some of the balls he put into the box were quality.

“I’ve been pleased with Daniel’s cameos and obviously he comes into the reckoning very strongly for Saturday’s game.

“We bring a certain type of player to the club. They must be able to handle the ball and have certain qualities. Daniel ticks those boxes.”

Cook said the players were hurting following the defeat at Plymouth which knocked them off top spot in League Two after Rochdale ran out 3-0 winners at Northampton Town.

But there is more positive news on injured pair Drew Talbot and Dan Gardner, who Cook hope will be back sooner rather than later.

Saturday’s clash might come too soon for them as the Spireites look to gain the bragging rights in the local derby.

Cook added: “Mansfield are really difficult team to play against. If you go over there and don’t match what they do you could be in for a very long afternoon.

“We give Mansfield the utmost of respect but we go over to win the game. We’re going over to attack, play attractive football and make our supporters happy.”